Another “Philadelphia Story”

Dear Reader:

A short break from Maine today. Anne and I discovered the most innovative endeavor inside the Philly International Airport. When we arrived there Friday morning from Portland…for once we actually had time to explore….about a two hour interval before the plane to Charleston took off.

(And what a plane it was…It is never a good sign when you have to walk outside on the terminal to board a plane….it looked like a fairy size plane….two little seats on one side…one seat on the other. We were practically sitting on top of each other…an old, not very clean plane that I felt might fall apart if the velcro fell off…like the pockets behind the seats were doing if you placed anything in them! )

Before the fairy plane arrived however…we realized that we would actually need most of the time to get to our terminal for departure because it was terminal F- the very last one that was not connected to the main terminal. We had to take a bus to even get over to it. It was like its own private satellite within the big terminal complex.

Still… the time allowed us to find a Philly cheese steak sandwich  and something else….the coolest, most creative idea for a busy airport terminal.

Won Kyoung Lee and Matthew Aiden Price came up with a way for busy passengers to stop and share something from their pockets or purses that have meaning to them and share the item and the story behind it  for the thousands of passengers going through the airport each year.

When Anne got home she went on the Philadelphia Story link and found this short but sweet story. As a history teacher it really touched home…learning something new about World War I.

*Next week I will be at Edisto beach with the Ya’s so I will share a different story with you each day when I am gone….here is a sample of one such story Anne sent.

128 Whitman’s Sampler Tin Box (submitted by John and Gail Buhler)

Whitman Chocolate has a long history in producing a quality product in the Philadelphia area.  Of particular interest was Mr. Whitman’s support for the soldiers in WWI.  He supplied millions of “tins” of his chocolate during the war to help support the morale of the soldiers. 

One interesting fact was that the women packaging the chocolate would place notes in the chocolate tins.  This was a great help for the soldiers.  The “tins” have changed over the years but always brought back good memories.  This tin box was one I found among my father’s treasures.

Don’t you just love this idea? Will share more with you next week.

So until tomorrow….A story lives forever in the memory of the one telling it and the one who reads it, sees it, or hears it. The best gift of all! Sharing our stories with others.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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